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Dean of Libraries Orlando, FL

The University of Central Florida (UCF) seeks an experienced, innovative and visionary leader for the position of inaugural Dean of the UCF Libraries. The inaugural Dean will provide thoughtful academic and administrative leadership while identifying future areas of growth and building strong interdisciplinary connections across the Libraries and the University.  

In creating the role of inaugural Dean of Libraries, UCF is consciously elevating the role of the University Libraries. This is commensurate with both UCF’s increasing research profile and ambitions to be recognized as a top 50 public research university. The University is also determined, as one of the nation’s largest and most diverse institutions, to foster the success of students of all backgrounds. The Dean of Libraries will play a critical role as a thought partner to the Provost and close colleague of fellow deans in charting the path forward at a dynamic metropolitan, public research university.

Located in vibrant Orlando, the University of Central Florida is a thriving, preeminent research university that prides itself on providing access and supporting student success.   Home to 3000 outstanding faculty, 12,300 dedicated staff, and almost 72,000 students, UCF is one of the largest and most dynamic universities in the nation and it leads all universities in Florida in conferring more than 17,000 degrees a year. Nearly a quarter of UCF undergraduates are first in their family to attend college, and nearly half of the students are from underrepresented groups. UCF is one of only 14 universities nationwide that has both the Carnegie Classification of very high research and the United States Department of Education designation as a Hispanic-serving institution.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean will create an environment conducive to academic quality, collegiality, student success, technical innovation, and transparency, while fostering a deep appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The Dean will oversee libraries with a collection of more than 2 million volumes, 68,000 serials, a depository for government documents and patents, and newly renovated facilities, with over 110 dedicated employees. The Dean is responsible for all areas of library administration including policy and program development, strategic and long-range planning, fiscal management, personnel supervision, integration of emerging technologies, and development of collaborative relationships. The Dean is expected to promote collaboration, team building, and the active engagement of faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be sent electronically below.

Sean Farrell is leading this search with Robin Dougherty.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The State of Florida has a Public Meeting Law and a Public Records Law.   All meetings of the Search Committee are publicly announced and conducted.  All documents submitted to the Committee are treated as open materials with the exception of evaluative documents specific to the performance of the faculty of the State University System of Florida.  Please feel free to reach out to Isaacson, Miller with any questions before submitting a formal application.

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